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Watch NPSI Live!

From June 4 for the 2020 National ProStart Invitational


NRAEF hosted NPSI LIVE on Thursday, June 4th – a virtual experience for students, educators and supporters of ProStart.

NPSI LIVE featured:

Special appearances from your favorite celebrity chefs, like Guy Fieri, Carla Hall, and Kwame Onwuachi, and other ProStart supporters
Announcements of the team names and schools of First Place ProStart teams from each state
Announcements of the Winning Educator of Excellence Award Recipients
Reveal of the 2020 ProStart Teacher of the Year with Golden Corral
ProStart shoutouts for every state


The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) is monitoring the developments related to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) relevant to NRAEF events and program activities. Announcements regarding any changes to these activities will be posted here, as they become available. Current updates:

  • We are hosting NPSI Live on Thursday June 4th! The COVID-19 crisis forced the 2020 National ProStart Invitational (NPSI) to be cancelled, but NRAEF is still recognizing and celebrating the program’s talented culinary arts and restaurant management ProStart students. We are hosting a special virtual celebration, NPSI Live, on June 4th, featuring guest appearances by celebrity chefs and some of the Foundation’s biggest supporters. The event will be held live on the ProStart Facebook page at 6 p.m. EST. Click here to learn more and RSVP today!

  • Due to the COVID-19 viral disease pandemic and its related and persistent safety concerns, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) has been forced to cancel Summer Institutes 2020. Based upon the World Health Organization’s guidance, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation to limit gatherings, the U.S. Surgeon General’s recommendation to avoid nonessential travel, and State emergency declarations, conducting Summer Institutes has become an impossibility, despite our diligence. We send our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this cancellation may cause; however, the safety and wellbeing of program attendees, host site staff and students, and those with whom they come into contact with is our highest priority.

    All host sites and registered course attendees will receive notifications by the Summer Institutes team via email. If you have any other questions, please contact us at

  • The 2020 National ProStart Invitational (NPSI) and its ProStart Educator of Excellence Awards (EEA) have been canceled. We are deeply saddened to inform you that based on the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic and new strict guidelines by the CDC to not hold gatherings of more than 10 people for the next eight weeks, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) is canceling this year’s event. Read more.

NRAEF's Statement on COVID-19.

For more information from the National Restaurant Association and resources available for the restaurant industry, click here.


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Help is on the way for restaurant workers

NRAEF President Rob Gifford shares the latest information on the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund in his new blog post on LinkedIn, highlighting NRAEF’s partner Guy Fieri, who’s helped us fundraise over $23 million.

Visit today to make a donation to support restaurant workers across the country.


NRAEF Accepting Applications for Community-Based Organizations to Join HOPES Reentry Project

CBOs in Chicago, Illinois; Boston, Massachusetts; and Hampton Roads and Richmond, Virginia can download the application below to apply. Applications are being accepted until August 10. Please contact the HOPES team at with any questions.

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